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Workshops To Offer Support For New Businesses
The Business Gateway will be running the first of a series of Business Start Up courses tomorrow (Thursday 30 April 2009) to provide advice to people who are thinking of starting up their own business or who have just started trading.   The free two day workshop, held at Ness Horizons Centre at the Beechwood Park in Inverness, will cover topics including personal and business planning, managing resources, VAT and tax requirements, setting sales targets and marketing.  
Nature Photo Contest To Show Off The Vibrant Colours Of CaithnessThumbnail for article : Nature Photo Contest To Show Off The Vibrant Colours Of Caithness
The third annual Scottish Natural Heritage-run nature photography competition is underway with a request for people to showcase the amazing colours of nature in Caithness and throughout Scotland.   This free contest celebrates Scottish Biodiversity Week which runs from 16-24 May 2009 and aims to show in vivid ways how biodiversity surrounds us.  
Highland Population Rising Due To Inward Migration
The General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) has today published their mid year estimates for 2008.  They show that the population of Highland rose from 217,440 in 2007 to 219,400 in 2008, an increase of 1,960 or 0.9%.  
Caithness Chamber Of Commerce Means Business
Networking Lunches - Open To Members and Non-Members Small Business Finance Seminar Led By John Thurso MP Friday 8th May - The Weigh Inn, Thurso at 1pm - buffet lunch included The Chamber is hosting a Small Business Finance Seminar led by John Thurso MP.  The event will give businesses vital information on what is available and where to source it.  
Moves To End Right To Buy Houses In Scotland
Moves to end the Right to Buy for new build social housing in Scotland were formally published today.   The reforms, part of the consultation on the Draft Housing (Scotland) Bill, are aimed at safeguarding social rented housing for future generations.  
New Training Award For Employers
Employers who recognise that now is time to invest in skills and training, despite the current economic downturn, are to be honoured at this year's National Training Awards.   A new award category - aptly named "Now is the time"- has just been announced.  
New Netork To Empower Rural Scotland
Rural communities throughout Scotland can now start to share ideas, experiences and information through the new Scottish National Rural Network.   The network will promote national and regional events and be supported by an interactive website within which communities can share common problems, examples of good practice and development ideas.  
Orbital Welder For Dounreay Tested In New Facility At BowerThumbnail for article : Orbital Welder For Dounreay Tested In New Facility At Bower
Dropping a large three metre stainless steel container from a great height might seem like a bizarre concept, but it's all in a days work for the PFR project team.   Storage of the spent fuel from the former fast reactor needs to be safeguarded from all potentially hazardous conditions.  
Liberal Democrat Wins Inverness West By-Election
The by-election for a councillor to serve the Inverness West Ward (No 14) on The Highland Council has been won by Mr Alasdair Christie, Liberal Democrat Focus Team.   Mr Christie was one of six candidates, who contested the vacancy, created by the death of Jimmy MacDonald (Independent).  
Budget Comment From Caithness Chamber Of Commerce
Commenting on the Chancellor's Budget statement, Trudy Morris Chief Executive of Caithness Chamber of Commerce, said: "Businesses had a need to see some positive news out of the Budget and we are fairly encouraged by some of the measures announced.   The Chancellor appears to have taken notice of some of the recommendations put forward by both the British and Scottish Chambers of Commerce.  
Safety Record Earns Charity WindfallThumbnail for article : Safety Record Earns Charity Windfall
Dounreay's industrial safety record during the last 12 months earned a 22,500 windfall for good causes locally.   Every month the site goes without a lost-time accident earns a 2500 pay-out from UKAEA Ltd, parent company of Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd.  
Publication of New Radon Maps for Scotland
The Highland Council has promised to work with the UK Health Protection Agency (HPA) and NHS Highland to develop a programme of action to help Highland residents, whose homes have been identified as having high levels of the naturally occurring radioactive gas, radon.   The move follows the publication by the Scottish Parliament of new radon maps for Scotland produced by the HPA.  
NCWE launches business initiative in Scotland: Find Me A Student!
The National Council for Work Experience (NCWE) has launched a free online information and recruitment initiative to help Scottish businesses find work placement students.   Currently covering several areas including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeenshire, Dundee, Perth, Fife, Midlothian, Stirling, the Highlands and Hebrides, Find Me A Student! is available on  
As Scottish Water writes to 4,000 households and businesses across the north to continue to raise awareness of the problem of fat clogging the sewer system, residents of one Highland village are being praised for their help tackling the issue.   Appeals have been made by Scottish Water over the past year in various communities - including Aviemore, Drumnadrochit, Nairn and Thurso - for people to consider what they pour down plugholes and drains, following a spate of serious sewer blockages caused by fat.  
Council Awards Contract for the Mall Footbridge, Thurso
The Highland Council has awarded a contract for construction of a new footbridge which forms an important pedestrian link over the River Thurso, at Thurso Cemetery.   The new bridge will replace the structure which was destroyed by river flood flow, in the storms of October 2006, and will re-establish the river crossing which is part of a popular local walking route.  
Council Acts Swiftly to Replace Postbus Withdrawals
The Highland Council has put in place interim arrangements in five Highland communities to replace postbus services withdrawn by Royal Mail on Thursday.   These arrangements will continue until the Council has met with local communities to identify sustainable long term arrangements.  
Providing Access to Affordable Credit in the Highlands
The Highland Council's Resources Committee is backing plans to investigate further the feasibility of creating a pan-Highland credit union to provide access to affordable credit across the Highlands.  Committee members were presented with the findings of a study which examined the best way to provide affordable credit in Highland.  
Last Call For Entrepreneurs To Enter Britain's Start-up AwardsThumbnail for article : Last Call For Entrepreneurs To Enter Britain's Start-up Awards
With just over a week to go until close of entries, HSBC Bank is making a last call to all new companies to enter this year's Start-Up Stars Awards - an annual search for the UK's most promising start-up businesses less than three years old and the inspirational entrepreneurs behind them.   The HSBC Start-Up Stars Awards culminates with a glittering black-tie event at London's InterContinental on November 23, where the UK's top new businesses will hope to be crowned 'Start-Up Star 2009' and to walk away with a cheque for 25,000, courtesy of HSBC.  
Liquid Metal Fire Tenders Phased Out At DounreayThumbnail for article : Liquid Metal Fire Tenders Phased Out At Dounreay
The destruction of the liquid metal coolant in Dounreay's experimental fast reactors means that the site can say farewell to two of its firefighters, the graphex tenders.   Specially built for Dounreay, the two graphex tenders are the only ones in the world.  
New North Equestrian Business Defies Economic DownturnThumbnail for article : New North Equestrian Business Defies Economic Downturn
Tamara and Charlie Inness are opening a newly built country clothing and equestrian shop adjoining their home at Borlum Farm, Reay in Caithness.   The new business "Calluna Country and Equestrian" opens with a head start having taken over "Bits n Bobs" from Jean Gunn of Sibster.